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Microsoft Office fails to properly handle GIF images

Vulnerability Note VU#668564

Original Release Date: 2006-07-11 | Last Revised: 2006-07-11


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly handle GIF images. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly parse GIF images. When an Office document containing a malformed GIF image is opened with an Office application, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information, including a list of affected Office applications, is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.


Apply a patch from your vendor
Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039.

Do not access Office documents from untrusted sources

By only accessing Office documents, such as spreadsheets or Microsoft Word documents, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  July 11, 2006



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Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


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This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039. Microsoft credits the NSFocus Security Team with providing information regarding this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0007
Severity Metric: 17.63
Date Public: 2006-07-11
Date First Published: 2006-07-11
Date Last Updated: 2006-07-11 21:07 UTC
Document Revision: 9

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